Coyotes vs. the Groundlings| 15 images
A couple months back, during the last days before colder weather started to really settle in, I was out photographing prairie dogs at Cherry Creek. A few rabbits were hopping around the area as well, some seemed to have usurped a few old prairie dog holes as their own homes. While I was watching these cute little critters feed on the yummy green grass, and make these odd little hunch-backed poses, a couple of hungry coyotes came into view. Over the next thirty minutes, the previously quiet little place out in the back areas of Cherry Creek’s open land became a noisy chatterbox of prairie dogs firing off alarm calls, back and forth chatter, and poor coyotes trying again and again to capture a meal. When the little canines finally left, the prairie dogs eventually crawled back out of their secure little holes in the ground, and collectively gave a little cheer while lifting their front paws into the air. One win for the prairie dogs…will the next one go to the coyotes?
Those prairie dogs are quick little guys, and have dozens of escape holes. I would think they are quite a challenge for the coyotes. Wonderful photos of both predator and prey!